Update on Raoul WallenbergWednesday, August 03, 1983
This hearing focused on the disappearance of Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, distinguished diplomat who risked his life to help grant protection to Jewish refugees in Hungary during Nazis occupation. Wallenberg’s whereabouts became unknown when the Soviets liberated Hungary. Despite Soviet declarations that Mr. Wallenberg died in 1947, many witnesses have contested this claim and have reported that he is in fact in Soviet prison. The Commissioners and the witnesses discussed the U.S. response and what further actions may be needed.
The Helsinki Commission has a long history of engagement in Central Europe, recognizing the importance of the individual countries of the region even at a time when many policy makers focused only on Moscow as the center of the Warsaw Pact alliance. Hungary hosted negotiations leading up to the 1994 OSCE Summit of Heads of State and Government. Commissioners have continued to follow issues related to the rule of law, democracy, and protection of the rights of the Romani minority.
Staff Contact: Erika Schlager, counsel for international law